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Pic from What's Michael...cat horrified on shampoo bottle
Years ago, I stumbled upon What's Michael, and bought every volume. Though it is a far cry from the bishounen goodness I am immersing myself in these days, it still holds a special place in my heart as my very first manga. Click the What's Michael tag below and you can read more about it.

In this pic, you can see a good example of the wonderful facial expressions this mangaka is capable of drawing, as this cat sweats in horror of seeing a cat shampoo bottle.
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I have a 5 year old daughter, and wish I could share my manga with her. Unfortunately, most of what I read is inappropriate for her, except for What’s Michael by Makoto Kobayashi.

I turned her onto What’s Michael last month, and she just can’t get enough of it. Granted, I edit out the foul language when I read it aloud, but she loves the silly facial expressions on the cats and people, and ridiculously extreme body language.

I have to say, in all honesty, that What’s Michael was actually the first manga I read, years ago. So even though it is vastly different from the bishie-centric manga I enjoy today, it still holds a special place in my heart.

So, uh, What IS Michael, you ask? Michael is a cat…a generic Any Cat who demonstrates all the catlike qualities with which cat owners are well familiar. And somehow in the course of expressing these typical behaviors of cats and their owners, Kobayashi finds a wealth of humor.


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